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Old 06-20-2012, 11:34 PM   #1
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College aged... looking at maybe getting trailer.... Advise please

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I'm Nick, I'm a sophomore in college and well thinking about maybe getting a trailer to tow behind my Vue instead of sleeping in the back of the car....

(I'm an eagle scout/ outdoorsy type of person... (can do just a tent... but thinkin about stepping up) I'm decent at wood working... but have not had the chance to do much welding

I'm thinking about having a tow behind trailer to have for weekend trips to just relax away from the constant strain of school and everything (I live close to where I go to school so the trailer would be parked on my parents property)

I LOVE Airstreams... but with the cost/time in restoring one plus my Vue not being able to tow over 3500 with a 300 tongue weight there is no way possible

so I started looking around for a trailer that is basically for sleeping (would be nice to have electric and so forth) and saw that the scotty's were basically a trailer with wood stapled on them... and only like 1000 lbs

My questions are:

1) sujestions on a "CHEAP" trailer that i could rehab by myself (what sould I be looking for?...) I am thinking about like the scotty being all wood that i could build the wood frame no problems... any other brands/ things to look for?

2) I am in NorthWest Indiana..... so we have winters... what is needed to be done for winterizing something like the scotty?

3) Are there any good post to check out for like wiring how-tos?

4) What should I be looking at spending for a scotty or something similar or what ever you suggest?

5) Any more help/ thoughts for this college student whos thinking about maybe getting into retro-trailers....(if this rehab goes welll... maybe pick up another.... and hopefully one day a Airstream )
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Hello....

I'm Nick, I'm a sophomore in college and well thinking about maybe getting a trailer to tow behind my Vue instead of sleeping in the back of the car....

(I'm an eagle scout/ outdoorsy type of person... (can do just a tent... but thinkin about stepping up) I'm decent at wood working... but have not had the chance to do much welding

I'm thinking about having a tow behind trailer to have for weekend trips to just relax away from the constant strain of school and everything (I live close to where I go to school so the trailer would be parked on my parents property)

I LOVE Airstreams... but with the cost/time in restoring one plus my Vue not being able to tow over 3500 with a 300 tongue weight there is no way possible

so I started looking around for a trailer that is basically for sleeping (would be nice to have electric and so forth) and saw that the scotty's were basically a trailer with wood stapled on them... and only like 1000 lbs

My questions are:

1) sujestions on a "CHEAP" trailer that i could rehab by myself (what sould I be looking for?...) I am thinking about like the scotty being all wood that i could build the wood frame no problems... any other brands/ things to look for?

2) I am in NorthWest Indiana..... so we have winters... what is needed to be done for winterizing something like the scotty?

3) Are there any good post to check out for like wiring how-tos?

4) What should I be looking at spending for a scotty or something similar or what ever you suggest?

5) Any more help/ thoughts for this college student whos thinking about maybe getting into retro-trailers....(if this rehab goes welll... maybe pick up another.... and hopefully one day a Airstream )
For a weekender - I'd look at a Casita, Scamp, or one of it's kin. Looks like an fiberglass Airstream only smaller. They really don't depreciate so if you find one for cheap - you're doing great.

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Old 06-21-2012, 04:19 AM   #3
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Another way to go would be a "tear drop". They are really small but easy to manage with your TV. You can customize them nicely and they store away easier. You can find plans to build your own from scratch.

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Old 06-21-2012, 06:09 AM   #4
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Ditto, a tear drop is the way to go for space and weight, It is a rigid tent on wheels, (with a kitchen)
Ironically, I am from NW Indiana, and an Eagle as well!
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:12 AM   #5
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There is a vintage trailer club in Indiana that has a lot of technical knowledge. Here is a link to one of their videos.

It is free to join their yahoo list and the national and state club. They do not have a forum but their list will get you answers. They rally a couple times a year.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:37 AM   #6
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Hello from Nappanee!
Definitely check out teardrop campers. I don't know if you are planning on actually camping in winter or storing it, but if your trailer has any holding tanks and plumbing, it will need to be winterized. I wouldn't count on camping in below-freezing temps. If you are an extreme DIY-er, you could get a teardrop kit and build it yourself!
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:39 AM   #7
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I'm Nick, I'm a sophomore in college and well thinking about maybe getting a trailer to tow behind my Vue instead of sleeping in the back of the car....
First of all, kudos to you for thinking of taking on such a large project in college!

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1) sujestions on a "CHEAP" trailer that i could rehab by myself (what sould I be lookin for?...) I am thinking about like the scotty being all wood that i could build the wood frame no problems... any other brands/ things to look for?
<wince> I'm not sure "cheap" is possible. I'm sure cheap-er is possible but I would say that renovating a trailer not for the faint of pocketbook.

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3) Are there any good post to check out for like wiring how-tos?
There are lots of great threads on here about wiring. Poke around.

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4) What should I be looking at spending for a scotty or something similar or what ever you suggest?
That's a toughie. We know more about Airstreams around here but I image how much you would pay for any TT would vary greatly based on condition/age etc. The "rehab" costs often exceed the purchase price depending on what you want to do, just be sure to check out those numbers, too.

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Another option might be to get one the Apache hard sided popups that were made from the early 70's to the mid 80's. They sell for very cheap and the work they need to be made functional I have found is significantly more manageable than the Scotty/Shasta/other canned ham types which have almost all leaked at one time or another.

I find the Apache to be a great complement to the Airstream as its all solid ABS plastics and aluminum but folds up to be stored almost anywhere. They will last a long time.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:53 AM   #9
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A usable trailer may not be cheap.

That Vue has a fold-down back seat to make sleeping space, maybe a mattress of some kind. I've done it to travel light, not bad. Biggest problem is condensation on windows, so need some kind of bug screens and you've got a mini-camper weekender. I've also seen tents that slide over the open hatchback to give more space.

There are also car top fold-open tent platforms with a little access ladder that some use. Looks good for young folks, I'm too old for that anymore.

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I agree with folks talking about tear drops. You can find some amazing teardrop trailers out there that are ready to camp in.

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Hello....

I'm Nick, I'm a sophomore in college and well thinking about maybe getting a trailer to tow behind my Vue instead of sleeping in the back of the car....

(I'm an eagle scout/ outdoorsy type of person... (can do just a tent... but thinkin about stepping up) I'm decent at wood working... but have not had the chance to do much welding

I'm thinking about having a tow behind trailer to have for weekend trips to just relax away from the constant strain of school and everything (I live close to where I go to school so the trailer would be parked on my parents property)

I LOVE Airstreams... but with the cost/time in restoring one plus my Vue not being able to tow over 3500 with a 300 tongue weight there is no way possible

so I started looking around for a trailer that is basically for sleeping (would be nice to have electric and so forth) and saw that the scotty's were basically a trailer with wood stapled on them... and only like 1000 lbs

My questions are:

1) sujestions on a "CHEAP" trailer that i could rehab by myself (what sould I be looking for?...) I am thinking about like the scotty being all wood that i could build the wood frame no problems... any other brands/ things to look for?

2) I am in NorthWest Indiana..... so we have winters... what is needed to be done for winterizing something like the scotty?

3) Are there any good post to check out for like wiring how-tos?

4) What should I be looking at spending for a scotty or something similar or what ever you suggest?

5) Any more help/ thoughts for this college student whos thinking about maybe getting into retro-trailers....(if this rehab goes welll... maybe pick up another.... and hopefully one day a Airstream )
Most of these questions have been responded to very well, but I have some other comments I'm adding via PM. Make sure to check your Messages folder....
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See if you can't find yourself an old 13' Boler or Trillium. Both are fibreglass shell trailers and are very light.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:16 PM   #14
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Ditto, a tear drop is the way to go for space and weight, It is a rigid tent on wheels, (with a kitchen)
Ironically, I am from NW Indiana, and an Eagle as well!
Where are you?
I'm in LaPorte.... where were you from?

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Hello from Nappanee!
Definitely check out teardrop campers. I don't know if you are planning on actually camping in winter or storing it, but if your trailer has any holding tanks and plumbing, it will need to be winterized. I wouldn't count on camping in below-freezing temps. If you are an extreme DIY-er, you could get a teardrop kit and build it yourself!
Thank you of this... was not sure... yeah I'm thinking about probably camping in the winter maybe...that is if we are not covered in Lake Effect snow making it so I can't get the camper out

also I'm thinking about going over to the RV hall of fame..... since Elkhart... is so close (I actually attending Bethel so yeah will be super close to it )
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